I had so many thoughts while reading this article. The biggest, overarching one was, "This is me. Such different circumstances, but this is me."This article isn't an Answer, though many people who have read it seem to feel it is being presented as such. It's more like a friend saying, "This is where I am in my mental health journey, these are my thoughts and experiences, maybe they can help you?"Doctors are not omniscient beings, they can help, they can guide, but they are not the source of complete truth. Don't leave the decisions entirely up to your doctor without giving any thought to them yourself.
The understanding and treatment of things pertaining to mental health is constantly changing.
OK and now what? How to deal with the constant mental and emotional pain? If a person is in enough pain to murder themselves just stopping medication and saying 'you're not broken' is somehow enough???
Thank you for the responses I have received since publishing. This one struck me:
Laura’s story is my story, too.I tapered myself, probably too quickly, but God kept his promise to help me as I promised to take the first leap of faith against everything friends/family/medical community said to me. All were ignorant, but not as ignorant as I was to accept going on medication the first time.It’s time for the Saints to get off of their psychiatric medications.It’s time to feel sad again; it’s time to feel happy again; it’s time to just feel again.
I have pschizoaffective disorder. That condition is a reality and is a combination of paranoiz schizophrenia and clinical depression. This is a biological condition that does involve physical problems with the brain. Neurochemistry is part of it, but brain damage or miswiring in the brain are likely also factors. I don't know if this particular girl is genuinely mentally ill, but it is very dangerous to think that bipolar disorder is an illusion.
This is an interesting story. It would also be relevant to learn about the impact of heavy metals and gut health on the brain.
Very compelling story. This piece touched my heart and helped me feel hope for the many I love who are facing similar challenges. I am grateful that Laura was brave enough to share her experience with 12 step processes as a part of her courageous journey. I too know the value of learning to connect to a Power Greater then myself in order to rediscover the innate Power and Wisdom within. How grateful I have been to participate, for more than 25 years now, alongside so many others who have found a similar path as Laura and have learned to - live life on life's terms. I have watched time and time again as myself, and so many others, have made a connection to a Higher Power of our Own Understanding and in so doing unlocked the secret of living -one day at a time- in acceptance of the complexities of life and with a renewed hope in the deep and abiding resilience of the human spirit. Thank you for stepping into the role of storyteller Jacob Hess. In my humble opinion... it suits you.
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